By: Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

The health benefits of popcorn may surprise you. It is higher in antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables. It is a good source of fiber. And it’s a whole grain.

But how do you reap what those kernels have to offer when they are often coated with butter, salt, sugar or hidden chemicals? Even when you avoid the obvious dietary pitfalls and empty calories, there are questions that arise about the best, healthiest ways to cook and prepare it.

Here are nine popcorn-eating tips to help you make the most of this airy, crunchy treat:

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